STORIES and TEACHING by Rozalia Makai
Istvan Varga & Rozalia Makai website
Anthony de Mello:
THE STORY OF THE CHURCH
transleted by IRMA F. MATRAI
On a rocky seashore, where many ships were shipwrecked, there was only one emergency station.
It consisted of a little cottage and boat, but the few people that worked there were very devout.
They kept their eyes on the ocean, and if they heard the smallest news about a shipwreck,
they fearlessly boarded their boat in the midst of a storm; not paying attention to the
danger to their own life. Thus, they saved many lives and became famous.
As the fame of this station grew, the neighboring people's desire to help out there began to grow also.
As a result, great amount of money was donated to them and many new members joined them so that they
were able to buy new boats and use new crews. They also built a new house in the place of the old
cottage where they were able to satisfy all the needs of the people they rescued, and naturally,
since shipwrecks are not daily occurrences, it became a popular gathering place; like a local club
As the time went by, the members became so involved in their social life that they didn't have any desire
to save the shipwrecked anymore, although they still wore the badge with the life-savers motto.
Truthfully, however, if they still saved some people from the sea, it was a chore for them because
they were dirty, sickly, and messed up their carpet and furniture.
Soon, the social life was so great and the life-saving events so scarce that, at one of their meetings,
the members began to bicker. Some members emphasized the need to return to their original mission.
The group voted and the problem causing members, who were in the minority, were asked to leave.
They left. Soon, they began their own rescue mission with great zeal and their actions became famous.
As a result, their membership grew and they were able to rebuild their little cottage; but their zeal
diminished. If someone would walk around that neighborhood today, he would find several exclusive
clubs on that seashore. Each real proud of their origin and tradition. Ships till get shipwrecked
around them, but they don't care about that anymore.